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Gary Slaiman on Maintaining Bipartisanship in a Partisan World [Video]

Gary Slaiman, head of the government affairs practice group at Morgan Lewis, talks about how his team operates in an often divided political environment. "We're bipartisan and we're bi-cameral," he says. "We have deep...more

Florida Public Records Law and Government Contractors 2016 Legislature Makes Significant Changes

Chapter 119, Florida Statutes (“the Act”), requires that every “agency” make its records available for inspection and copying to any member of the public who makes a request. Either refusal to provide such access or an...more

Worth Another Look: GO-TIME

One year ago today, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order establishing the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME). The Executive Order sought to increase coordination between...more

Recent Buy America Developments

At the end of 2015, two modal administrations of the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) have encountered changes to their Buy America programs. Both the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal...more

Sandia Corporation Agrees to Pay $4.7 Million to Settle Allegations Related to its Lobbying Activities

On August 21, 2015, the Justice Department announced that Sandia Corporation—owned by Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense contractor—agreed to pay $4,790,042 to settle allegations that it violated the Byrd Amendment...more

2014 Intelligence Authorization Act Imposes Cyber Breach Reporting Requirement on Intelligence Community Contractors - Many...

The federal government must publish new procedures 90 days after the 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act is signed. These procedures will become effective upon publication. Intelligence community contractors will be...more

Some Surprises in DOL’s Just Issued Spring 2014 Regulatory Agenda

On Friday, May 23, 2014, the White House, through its executive branch and other federal agencies, issued the Spring 2014 edition of the Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. Published twice a year, the agencies’ regulatory agendas...more

Obama Raises Minimum Wage For Federal Contractors

In his fifth State of the Union speech, President Obama announced that he planned to issue an executive order raising the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts to $10.10 per hour, up from the current federal...more

FOIA 2013 Wrap-Up – Summary Of Year End PAC Opinions

The Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor (PAC) closed out the year by issuing two binding opinions. The following is a summary of key points from the opinions of which public bodies should be aware....more

"Shutdown and Debt Ceiling Crisis Would Pose Distinct Challenges for Government Operations"

Absent intervening legislation, the U.S. federal government’s appropriations will lapse on October 1, 2013, prompting a government shutdown. Separately, the secretary of the Treasury has informed Congress that, no later than...more

Extension of Time for Overpayment Recoveries in Fiscal Cliff Law Not as Broad as it Sounds

The recently passed fiscal cliff legislation, i.e., the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Act) [PDF], includes a number of provisions addressing Medicare and Medicaid. One of these provisions extends the recovery period...more

Cybersecurity Provisions Enacted under 2013 National Defense Authorization Act

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 (NDAA) into law. Each year Congress passes the NDAA to authorize funding levels for Department of Defense (DoD) programs and...more

Supreme Court’s Next FCA Whistleblower Case?

Imagine you own a company that does business with a federal agency. The company’s contract with the agency specifies that the company will deliver widgets of a particular quality....more

Obama's Mark on Employment Law - What do Employers Have to Look "Forward" To in the Next Four Years?

Now that the frenzy of the election has died down, Florida has counted its votes, and the major media outlets have moved on from dissecting party rhetoric, the question remains: What does Obama's reelection mean for the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Review Federal Funding of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research

On October 10, 2012, two pro-life groups petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review and reverse the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Court’s decision allowing the continued federal funding of...more

Labor Letter - October 2012

In This Issue: - Political Speech At Work By D. Albert Brannen (Atlanta): With the election just a month away, everyone seems to have strong opinions about the candidates and issues. Inevitably, these opinions will...more

New Addition to the Public Private Partnership Law of Florida - Another Level of Politics or a Cure for Political Games?

The Florida Legislature has just enacted a bill that adds a new Section 339.2825 which took effect July 1, 2012. That Section deals with both Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)-generated projects and unsolicited...more

California Assembly Votes to Amend State False Claims Act

On August 16, 2012, the California Assembly passed a bill (AB 2492) amending California’s False Claims Act, Cal. Gov’t Code §§ 12650-12656 (“CA FCA”), which must be signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The amendments...more

Legal Alert: Senate Passes National Defense Authorization Act

On December 15, 2011, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which retains the TRICARE language proposed in the conference report. As you are aware from our previous legal alerts on December 15, 2011...more

Legal Alert Update: Will Congress Exempt Health Care Providers from Affirmative Action Obligations?

On December 14, 2011, the House passed H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included language with respect to exempting TRICARE providers from OFCCP jurisdiction. In our previous legal alert,...more

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New York City Council Passes Outsourcing Accountability Act

With overwhelming support, the New York City Council recently passed a bill to increase scrutiny of the City's outsourcing practices. The Outsourcing Accountability Act amends existing law, Local Law 35 of 1994, and requires...more

Congressional Investigation Targets Food Service Contractors and “Wide Spread Waste”

“We’re not doing enough to ensure the government isn’t getting cheated.” — Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Sen. McCaskill, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, announced last week that the...more

What would the effect of a potential government shutdown be on agencies and federal contractors?

Summary: Negotiations between the White House, Senate Democrats and House Republicans continue around the clock, in advance of a Friday deadline for the latest continuing resolution ("CR") funding the operations of the...more

New California Lobbyist Legislation Regulates Private Fund Sponsors and Placement Agents

Recent California legislation dramatically expands the regulation of private fund sponsors and placement agents. Both outside placement agents and certain employees of investment managers who solicit investments from CalPERS...more

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